Major in Physical Education

The Physical Education program prepares students to become competent physical educators consistent with developmentally and instructionally appropriate guidelines provided by National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education as a K-12 Physical Education teacher.

The Physical Education program includes the following phases:

I. General Preparation
II. Pre-Professional Preparation/Internship I
III. Professional Preparation/Internship II (Capstone Internship)

The focus of Phase I is completion of Core Curriculum requirements as well as completion of courses required for the academic major. The following requirements must be met for entry into Phase II:

  • A grade of C or better in the following courses:
KNES 290INTRO TO TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION2
KNES 283PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG CHILD1
KNES 284ADVENTURE BASED EDUCATION ACTIVITES1
KNES 140TRACK AND FIELD1
KNES 150PERSONAL DEFENSE/WRESTLING1
KNES 156GYMNASTICS1
KNES 182FIELD/COURT I1
KNES 184FIELD/COURT II1
KNES 202NET/ WALL GAMES1
KNES 239PHYSICAL FITNESS ACTIVITIES1
KNES 327TEACHING CULTURAL DANCE FORMS AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
  • Satisfactory scores on Praxis I, SAT, ACT or GRE.
  • Completion of a speech and hearing test

During Phase II, teacher candidates complete the Physical Education “methods” classes (i.e., KNES 324, KNES 325, and KNES 423) as well as other courses required for the academic major. Requirements for advancement to Phase III (Capstone Internship) are as follows:

  • Grade point average (GPA)
    • an overall cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75
    • a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the following courses:
KNES 324TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
KNES 325TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL3
KNES 423ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
ELED 324INTEGRATING LITERACY IN K-12 CONTENT AREAS3
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the courses that are part of the KNES Professional Core and Professional Lab Skills
  • Satisfactory criminal background check
  • Additional requirements as deemed necessary by the Department of Kinesiology or College of Education

Phase III of the program includes a term of capstone internship (KNES 392 and KNES 394) and completion of KNES 480. The capstone internship experience includes placements at both an elementary and secondary school. This experience must be completed in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County or Anne Arundel County (or other counties as approved). Interns are not permitted to take any other courses during Phase III.

Effective fall 2009, all teacher candidates (i.e., students with major in Physical Education and post-bac program in Physical Education) must demonstrate achievement and maintenance of all five components of a health-­related physical fitness test. Accommodations will be provided for all teacher candidates who have a documented physical disability.

A certification in Health Science is available for students who wish to be certified to teach in
physical education and health education at the elementary and secondary levels. Students are advised the Department of Health Science is responsible for establishing the health-­education requirements for this program. As such, students interested in pursuing this option must contact the chair of Health Science for additional and current information.

KNES Professional Required Courses (35 Units)
KNES 290INTRO TO TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION2
KNES 298HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 309TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS3
KNES 311BIOMECHANICS3
KNES 313PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
KNES 315CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES3
KNES 324TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
KNES 325TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL3
KNES 341CONCEPTS OF MOTOR LEARNING3
KNES 355PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT3
KNES 423ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES 426MOTOR DEVELOPMENT: INFANTS TO ADULTS3
KNES Professional Lab Skills/Activities (15 Units)
KNES 102SELF DEFENSE2
KNES 140TRACK AND FIELD1
KNES 150PERSONAL DEFENSE/WRESTLING1
KNES 156GYMNASTICS1
KNES 165BASIC SWIMMING1
KNES 182FIELD/COURT I1
KNES 184FIELD/COURT II1
KNES 202NET/ WALL GAMES1
KNES 239PHYSICAL FITNESS ACTIVITIES1
KNES 283PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG CHILD1
KNES 284ADVENTURE BASED EDUCATION ACTIVITES1
KNES 327TEACHING CULTURAL DANCE FORMS AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KNES Professional Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
OUTDOOR EDUCATION: PHILOSOPHY AND METHODS
PRINCIPLES OF COACHING
PHILOSOPHY: THE SPORT EXPERIENCE
SPORT & SOCIETY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY
Capstone Internship II Experience (13 Units)
KNES 392ELEMENTARY INTERNSHIP6
KNES 394SECONDARY INTERNSHIP6
KNES 480SEMINAR IN TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION1
Additional Required Courses (43-44 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4-5
or PHYS 202 GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
COMM 131FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
IDHP 110INFORMATION UTILIZATION IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS3
or ISTC 201 INFO EFFECTV EDUC
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE3
ELED 324INTEGRATING LITERACY IN K-12 CONTENT AREAS3
REED 365READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS K-123
Total Units112-113

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
BIOL 1904MATH 1093
Lab Skills Course (not including KNES 283, KNES 284 or KNES 327)3COMM 1313
KNES 2902PSYC 1013
IDHP 110 or ISTC 2013Lab Skills Course (not including KNES 283, KNES 284 or KNES 327)3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
KNES 2831KNES 3273
KNES 2841Select two from the following:6
PSYC 2013
Lab Skills Course (not including KNES 283, KNES 284 or KNES 327)3
Core3
 
 Lab Skills Course (not including KNES 283, KNES 284 or KNES 327)3
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 3243KNES 3133
KNES 3413KNES 3253
KNES 3113KNES 4263
REED 3653SCED 2003
Lab Skills Course3ELED 3243
Select one of the following: 4-5 
 
 
 19-20 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 4233KNES 3926-8
KNES Elective3KNES 3946-8
KNES Elective3KNES 4801
Select two from the following:6 
 
 
 
 
 15 13-17
Total Units 123-128

Standard 1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge
Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
Standard 2: Skill-Based and Fitness Based Competence
Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K 12 Standards.
Standard 3: Planning and Implementation
Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
Standard 4: Instructional Delivery and Management
Physical education teacher candidates use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
Standard 5: Impact on Student Learning
Physical education teacher candidates use assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform decisions about instruction.
Standard 6: Professionalism
Physical education teacher candidates demonstrate dispositions that are essential to becoming effective professionals.